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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

Hacker Help: Varde Base Cabinet into an Breakfast Bar Island

Materials: Varde Base Cabinet, Countertop TBD Description: I moved into a small apartment and am in need of more storage and counter space. I decided that a kitchen island with storage and 2 overhands would be best so it could double as my kitchen table and desk area.

Your Partner Deserves a Good Paddling: Advice on Canoeing

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Darren Bush. “The movement of a canoe is like a reed in the wind…there is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a canoe, a magic compounded of distance, adventure, solitude, and peace. The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness, and of a freedom almost forgotten.

Win Roses for Valentine’s Day: The Flowers for Cancer Giveaway

Valentine’s Day is now just two weeks away. If you don’t win our Frame the Date giveaway, don’t despair. Here’s another chance to win something for your sweetheart that will have you smelling like roses. Quite literally. Whether you’ve been dating for a month or married for ten years, your lady love will be expecting flowers on V-day.

One Hour Marketing, Week 1: Get to Know Your Visitors

Note from Andy: Susan Tatum is the latest addition to the Cranking Widgets writing team. She has over 20 years of experience working with technology companies and is currently a marketing consultant, and my partner, at Clicks ‘n Conversions. Susan believes, quite strongly, that any sustainable marketing program must be process-oriented and measurable.

Why I Write

By Tina Su To me, writing is not work. Writing is like dancing with Existence, with Spirit, with God. It’s beautiful and precious. I get more satisfaction and energy from writing than I do from a few extra hours of sleep. Seriously. Some days, when absorbed in the moment of writing down a stream of thoughts, I lose track of time, and I skip sleep altogether.

Have You Ever Fixed a Small Problem That Gave You a Disproportionate Happiness Boost?

Last week, I was very discouraged, because I thought my laptop didn't save my day's work. But presto! the work has magically reappeared.

Top 5 Freelance Jobs from the Job Board

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Taco Bell’s Beef Problem: Convenience and the Value of Knowing What You’re Consuming

Over the past week, the fast food restaurant chain Taco Bell was sued for claiming that the taco mixture used in their products was actually beef.

When iMac goes to work

Materials: 1 LACK Wall shelf unit, 1 LACK Wall shelf, 2 CAPITA Bracket, 1 DALFRED Bar Stool Description: First of all it's necessary an iMac 27"! If you are looking for a workstation comfortable and elegant, suitable for a small space, this is the solution for you. You only need a Lack series, especially a wall shelf unit, a wall shelf and brackets.

Personalized Kura Bed fit for a Princess with Playhouse Underneath

Materials: Kura Bed, wooden letters, wood cutouts, bunk bed curtain, paint, canopy, SMILA BLOMMA wall lamp Description: We wanted our 4 year old daughter to have a bed with stairs leading to a loft to sleep and space underneath to use as a playhouse. We bought a Kura bed, painted it 3 different colors.

Say the thing you need to say, and do the thing you need to do

Guilt and regret are powerful forms of clutter. They can be small, but continuously present at the back of your mind, weighing on you for years. Or, they can overwhelm all of your thoughts and be the ultimate distraction. Obviously, if we could find a way to avoid guilt and regret completely, we would. This is an impossible feat, though, as we’re human. We aren’t perfect.

Reader Mailbag: Discarded Post Ideas

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Bank ignores me! 2. Gold digging or thinking ahead? 3. Encouraging others to think frugally 4. Why saving, not investing? 5. Budgeting software 6. Finding my loans 7. Reordering checks 8.

Mandal Nightstand Hack

Materials: Expedit shelving unit, saw. Description: If you have ever purchased the IKEA Mandal bed with its really cool storage drawers, you know that they only offer the Mandal wall-mounted headboard combined with the adjustable shelves as a possible nightstand. I prefer a nightstand where I can discretely hide things away.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Mini Cupcake MakerAfter using this confection-specific appliance, store it in your cabinet next to your Muffin Magic, your cupcake batter dispenser, and your Perfect Brownie pan. Unclutterer goes shopping with The New York TimesErin is featured today in The New York Times — “Ending the Reign of Chaos“ Ask Unclutterer: Messy mailCould you please do an ar